Month: January 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays #73: Recently Added

Posted January 19, 2016 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 27 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #73: Recently Added

Top Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. This week we’re talking about the top ten books that we recently added to our TBRs. I think the term “TBR” can have a lot of different meanings. Some refer to it as all the books you OWN and need to read, while others just use it as an all-inclusive terms for books to read at some point. I’m the latter; I refer to my TBR as the general list of books I would like. I split my TBR into two different Goodreads shelves: to-read and tbr-unreleased. Having one shelf confused me because I would always be like OH I want to read that next, then get sad when I noticed it wasn’t released yet. I decided to pull from both shelves for this particular TTT because it’s more fun that way. I also didn’t do it exactly with the last 10 books, because some were novellas and books I finally added on Goodreads that I’ve owned for year. Now, after that unnecessary explanation, here’s this week’s ten books! The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan | One of my real-life reader friends and I kept going back and forth about New Adult books the other day, and […]

GIF Review: Jellicoe Road

Posted January 18, 2016 / Book Reviews / 12 Comments
GIF Review: Jellicoe Road

So, I finally did it. I asked Chris to pick my next book off of a certain shelf and he pulled this one off. I was kind of nervous but knew this was the motivation I would need to finally read it. I was mentally prepared for the confusing beginning. Every single review said that the first X number of pages would be hard to read or understand, but pushing through was worth it in the end. I read one review that said 80 pages was the magic spot where pieces came together. 80 pages came and went… and I was still incredibly confused. Intrigued, but confused. Another blogger told me page 125 was when it clicked for her. Nope, still pretty fucking confused. Still interested for sure, but very unsure of what was going on. Aaaand another told me 150 pages was when she figured this shit out. Again, that mark came and went. Things were KIND OF getting pulled together MAYBE… but I started to get frustrated. Everyone insisted that I keep reading, so I did. At this point, I was damn determined to make sure I wasn’t just an idiot. I read page after page until I was more than three-quarters through the book and still felt SO disconnected. It’s not like it was a bad book, I just was never surprised or shocked or impressed. I finally understood what was happening, but was completely disappointed by the lack of “AHA!” moment. There was no jaw drop. I […]

More A to Z! | Review: The Distance from A to Z

Posted January 16, 2016 / Book Reviews / 14 Comments
More A to Z! | Review: The Distance from A to Z

I thought this book looked really adorable when it first came onto my radar, and I decided to preorder it. ($1.99? Why not?!) I ended up reading it right away because I heard so many awesome things from lots of blogger friends. Andi was talking about how she wanted more from the characters she grew to love, so she asked some of us to hop on and help out the author with a little review campaign. I take Andi’s book recs for me VERY seriously, so I was happy to come on board even before reading the book. After reading it? TOTALLY AGREE. Like I said, I started this right away when it was delivered to my kindle, and finished in the day. IT WAS SO CUTE. I absolutely loved the characters (main and side) and seeing their relationship grow throughout the summer. Why you should read this one: The main characters speak French to each other throughout the book, and that makes it pretty darn romantic. I don’t speak French and didn’t find myself confused. There’s a lot of baseball talk (which was fun, even for this football fan), but nothing that would make non-Sports-fans run the other direction. The book is an incredibly quick read. Once I started, it was really hard for me to stop. (And I didn’t! Totally finished in one day.) The best friend character has a real personality and is completely fleshed out. We know so much about her and can easily see why […]

Five on Fridays #18

Posted January 15, 2016 / Five on Fridays, Weekly Memes / 8 Comments
Five on Fridays #18

Five on Friday displays the the top five things that have been on my mind this week! It could be book-related, but it may be music, movies, TV, personal life, food, etc. Previous posts can be found here! As usual, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve had anything worthy of sharing for Five on Friday. I’ve also been on a big blogging kick lately where I have so many posts and nowhere to put them. I don’t even give myself a chance to fit in a Five on Friday! I’m hoping to start combining review posts a little better to free up my weeks, because I have a lot of more fun ideas. ANYWAYS, here’s what’s been going on in my life!YES. The biggest reason for this post is that I had the pleasure of heading to ALA Midwinter up in Boston last weekend. Because I live only about an hour and a half away from the city, I was able to take a quick day trip to meet up with everyone there. It was a lot of fun. The day started at 9:00 when I got into the city and to the convention center. I met up with Brittany, Amy, and Alyssa and we killed it on the exhibit floor for about an hour and a half. We got so many books in a very short time period! We were hot and exhausted so we sat outside for a bit, then hung around in their hotel room. We went down […]

12×12 from 2015

Posted January 14, 2016 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 12 Comments
12×12 from 2015

Chris asked me towards the end of 2015 what my favorite moments from the year were. It was honestly really hard to even think of some of the things we did! We took a number of trips, started planning for the future (at least as far as housing is concerned), and thought about what we want to do with our lives. While we had somewhat of a hermit-esque existence throughout the year, we grew closer and really enjoyed ourselves. My goal in 2016 is to spend more time out of the apartment – taking more trips, seeing more friends, and doing more fun things. In honor of this (and the fact that I’ve been wanting to get a little more personal for some reason), I decided to share my top 12 moments from 2015 as well as my top 12 books from 2015. Yes, I’ll be sharing one from each month! Feel free to write your own post if you’re still in a reflective mood, and link to me in the comments. Memory // Living in a blanket fort for two weeks Book // THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord Runners-up // Learning how to ski | PIVOT POINT Memory // Snowy Valentine’s Day weekend in Providence with friends Book // A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas Runners-up // Friend’s birthday trip to Foxwoods | ON THE FENCE Memory // Yankee Candle Village Lego competition Book // NOWHERE BUT HOME by Liza Palmer Runners-up // Galactic bowling for a friend’s birthday | 99 DAYS Memory // Expanding bookish and Lego […]

Review: The Mistake

Posted January 13, 2016 / Book Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Mistake

Clearly my book funk is making me bitter. I don’t know what it is, but I haven’t really ENJOYED a book in a while. As of the moment I’m writing this – early December, hello again from the past – I’ve had such a failure this month in terms of reading enjoyment levels. My rating average is a 3.25, which is incredibly low for me. I don’t know if I’m just pissed off about books and everything is weighing in on what I’m reading… but regardless, this book probably would have been enjoyed more if I read it at a different time. Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll try to get into why this one wasn’t a favorite for me. I LOVED its predecessor and am still eagerly waiting for the next book, but there was just too much drama and angst throughout this one. I liked the family dynamics (well, the different kinds of family situations that were represented. I didn’t LIKE what Logan’s father was doing). Let me break it down, as I’ve been doing a lot lately. LIKED Grace + Logan overall – I totally shipped them. I loved their chemistry and banter. They were super cute. After ~the mistake~ happened, Logan was adorable. Even though this aspect of the book DID bug me a bit, there was a lot about it that was cute. He was relentless, but only because he could really see she was interested. Otherwise he would be stalker status, for […]

Top Ten Tuesdays #72: Didn’t Get To

Posted January 12, 2016 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 25 Comments
Top Ten Tuesdays #72: Didn’t Get To

Top 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review. Before I get started, let me plug my link-up “challenge” that directly applies here… I shared recently that there are so many books I’m super excited to read before they’re published, and then I don’t read them right away when they come out. I wanted to make a list of these books and resolve to read them. When I saw a lot of others agree with me on Twitter, I decided to make a little challenge for it. I’ve been calling it a link-up instead because that’s really all you need to do to join in! You simply make a list of the books you didn’t get to in 2015, and then try to read them! It doesn’t have monthly check-ins or mini-challenges; it will probably just be checking in with ourselves at the 6 month mark and at the end of the year. This TTT topic could be a perfect post to link up if you feel like joining Must Read 2016, so it requires no extra effort on your part 😉 Check it out here! I already made my own list of books I hope to finally read in 2016, but I did feature […]

Inside & Out #22: Monica from Tomes Project

Posted January 11, 2016 / Features, Inside and Out / 2 Comments
Inside & Out #22: Monica from Tomes Project

Admiring book covers and bookmarks, shared by you! Welcome to INSIDE AND OUT. This feature includes two of my absolute favorite book-related things: bookmarks (inside) and book covers (out)! I’ve invited guest posters to share their favorite book covers and bookmarks here on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Sign-ups are always open (see bottom of post)! Check out past posts here. Monica from Tomes Project Twitter: @tomesproject| Instagram: @tomesproject| Goodreads Tell me a little about yourself: I am a freshman in college who drinks way too much coffee and buys way too many books (something I am trying to remedy). I am also an avid believer in libraries (literally it’s free books!) and spending too much time watching book videos (+ Zoella) on YouTube. Thirty second dance parties and Grey’s Anatomy have been essential to my mental health throughout the years, and I am learning to not be ashamed that I love Doctor Who. I think post-it notes and to-do lists are the two things that have saved me the most stress in my life. Current obsession in life: Halsey. Talk about your blog (what you blog about/kinds of books, features, etc.):  I mostly blog about YA books, but I also try and dip my toes into adult fiction–something I have been doing a lot more as of recent–and middle grade. Since I am still a tiny little blogger, I don’t do reviews for publishers, but reviews are some of my favorite posts to write out! I try and make my reviews a little different […]

Bout of Books 15 Wrap-Up

Posted January 10, 2016 / Book Challenges, Features / 4 Comments
Bout of Books 15 Wrap-Up

As usual, I had to sign up for my favorite readathon. If you don’t know, here are the details: The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team This is my favorite readathon because it just adds a little fun to your reading. I usually will read about 3 books in a 7 day span, so I chose to increase that number a little bit by including an extra book and maybe a graphic novel. Goal Read at least five books, including one graphic novel / novella  if needed! Potential TBR I picked these ones because I was either already reading them, had them checked out from the library, or needed to read it for a blog tour. I also said I would potentially “cheat” and boost my number with a graphic novel, so I included the one I was aiming to read. Progress & Tracking Monday January 4th Started SEE HOW THEY RUN Continued HARRY POTTER #7 (audio & physical mix) Tuesday January 5th Continued HARRY POTTER #7 (audio & physical mix) […]

GIF Review: I Am Princess X

Posted January 9, 2016 / Book Reviews / 4 Comments
GIF Review: I Am Princess X

I’ve never done a full-on GIF review before, but I don’t think I have much to say about this book that can’t be said in GIF form… so here we go! I added this book to my TBR and thought it was some kind of paranormal, actual superhero book. Come to find out, it was just a mystery-esque book. Shelving it on Goodreads became an issue for a while because I was totally thinking it was something different. As I kept reading, I was actually pretty happy that it was more a mystery book. I was intrigued by the storyline even though it wasn’t what I expected at all. The story started coming together and the concept was incredibly cool. I liked following May and Patrick try to figure out clues from the comic and track down Libby, who she suspected was still alive. A lot of the clues were really unexpected and awesome. The more I kept going… the more far-fetched it got. They made a lot of obscure connections really quickly, as if they’d been cracking codes and finding murderers since birth, a la Nancy Drew. It kind of lost me for a little bit towards the middle-end. I mean, come on. I kept reading reviews from my IRL book club girls on Goodreads where they said it was far-fecthed and I didn’t think it was possible (back when I was convinced it was a paranormal book). Like, how could it be far-fetched? Well the amount of things […]